Can I Work and Continue Receiving Benefits?
A common question among recipients of Social Security Disability Insurance (SSDI) and Supplemental Security Income (SSI) is, “Can I try to work and continue receiving benefits?”
Going back to work is a personal decision that you should discuss with your doctor — and your attorney. If you have questions about these matters, contact The Law Offices of Timothy R. White, P.C. to schedule a free consultation. We serve adults and children throughout the Chicago area.
Here Are Some Things to Consider
In general, you are not allowed to do “substantial gainful activity” — commonly called SGA — and continue receiving disability benefits. SGA means that you are earning more than the maximum monthly amount established by the Social Security Administration.
However, there are exceptions. If you are receiving SSDI benefits, you can still test your ability to work during a nine-month trial work period. During that time, you can continue receiving full benefits, regardless of the amount of money you earn.
Additionally, if you try to work, but are unable to sustain employment due to your conditions, this may strengthen your claim for benefits.
Supplemental Security Income and Working
The Social Security Administration (SSA) establishes an income limit for SSI recipients. If you receive SSI benefits, you can work and continue receiving benefits if your wages, along with your other resources, do not exceed the limit established by the SSA.
Also, if you are working, the SSA will reduce the amount of your monthly SSI benefit.
Again, if you have questions about these matters, it is a good idea to speak with an experienced SSDI and SSI lawyer.